The Best Bed and Breakfasts in Harrogate, UK

Take an amble around Harrogate and see what takes your fancy
Take an amble around Harrogate and see what takes your fancy | © Ian Dagnall / Alamy Stock Photo
Jo Fernandez-Corugedo

Yorkshire’s quintessential Victorian spa town is brimming with smart bed and breakfast options: some in the heart of the hustle and bustle, others tucked down quiet, leafy side streets. Some buck the British B&B tradition with restaurants that are open all day – but if not, you can always amble around Harrogate and see what takes your fancy in its many characterful dining spots. For a welcoming, cosy getaway, these are our top picks for the best bed and breakfasts in Harrogate – bookable on Culture Trip.

Cold Cotes

Bed and Breakfast

Double room at Cold Cotes Guest House features plush velvet and leather furnishings, wooden wall beams and a TV
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The name may sound chilly, but the welcome is warm here, 15 minutes’ drive outside town beside the reservoirs and moors of Nidderdale – an area of outstanding natural beauty. Eight spectacular suites keep things sweet with oak beams, floral soft furnishings and rustic views, while the garden suites with flagged terraces ooze tranquillity. Indulge in breakfasts of farm-fresh eggs under the arched beams of the converted barn, and be sure to venture onto those famous Yorkshire Dales before enjoying a hearty pub lunch.

Arc Harrogate

Bed and Breakfast

Double room at Arc Harrogate features forest green furnishings, a work desk and TV
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This traditional terraced townhouse B&B is conveniently central – it’s on King’s Road, which snakes between Harrogate’s major arteries. The eight modern rooms are spick and span, with fruitily coloured blankets here and there. The owners will rustle up a full English breakfast if you don’t fancy continental. Harrogate has its charms – history, spas, museums – but make sure you don’t leave before making the 20-minute drive to the stately Harewood House. Immersed in Capability Brown’s sprawling landscaped gardens, it also puts on Antony Gormley and David Hockney exhibitions.

Inn at Cheltenham Parade

Bed and Breakfast

The inviting restaurant at the Inn at Cheltenham Parade with yellow pheasant-adorned wallpaper and blue upholstered chairs
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Settle in among the luxurious roll-top baths and rich tartan fabrics of this 19th-century townhouse with its 15 soothing rooms – but not for too long. Any trip to Harrogate must include pastel macaroons and crumbly scones at nearby institution Bettys Tea Rooms, with views across the park. Back at the inn, swing by the venerable wood-panelled bar for cask ale or artisan gin, and perhaps even a special scotch egg with coronation mayonnaise, baby gem and toasted almond.

Timble Inn

Bed and Breakfast

Double room at Timble Inn, Otley features a wooden four posted bed, a champagne bucket and a garden view from the window
Courtesy of Timble Inn / Expedia

Rural romance is in the air at Timble Inn, a Grade II-listed 18th-century inn turned gastropub in a valley between Wharfedale and Nidderdale. Its nine rooms pack a punch with thick-pile carpets, soft cushions and beds that beg to be bounced on. In the mood for food? Starting with a real Yorkshire breakfast, there’s all-day dining at the restaurant, which has flagstone floors and tweedy banquettes. Pan-roasted venison, sweet onion purée and fruity black pudding are just the ticket after a wander around the village.

Arden House Guest House

Bed and Breakfast

The front entrance to Arden House Guest House, Harrogate, adorned with plants and flowers
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A warm welcome awaits at this classic Yorkshire B&B on a quiet Harrogate side street. Merging two townhouses has created a lovely hideaway of 14 soft-hued rooms – our favourite has a mahogany four-poster with cosy drapes. Slump into the comfy wing-back Chesterfields by the fireplace in the high-ceilinged living room, overlooking flower-filled gardens. After juicy local Masham sausages and bacon under the chandelier in the airy bay-windowed breakfast room, go out to explore. As you’re near the station, take the train one stop to Pannal, home to a 14th-century church, a cute duck pond and pubs aplenty for Sunday lunch.

The Grafton Boutique Bed and Breakfast

Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel

Double room at the Grafton Boutique B&B features stripy design, a blue sofa and a make up/work desk station
Courtesy of the Grafton Boutique Bed and Breakfast / Expedia

Guests do very little here, lulled as they are into laziness by the ambience in its glamorous guest rooms, with their twinkling chandeliers and ornate rococo mirrors. If they do venture downstairs, it’ll be for breakfast in the cosy lounge bar: homemade bread slathered with local preserves, then Yorkshire-cured ham and eggs. Need to stretch your legs? You’re minutes from Royal Hall, a listed Edwardian theatre built in Harrogate’s heyday, it hosts drama, music, comedy and dance, as well as offering guided tours in summer.

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